Inspire Days (Alumni)

Dordogne, France

My Alumni Events have become famous for the remarkable array of magical sessions that teach, provoke and inspire. Each time I say it will be the last (mainly because of all the organisation with which I do have a great support team). And here we are again – these events seem to have a life of their own!!. It is more of a party where we celebrate excellence in all of us. And not only that, the events are a chance to reconnect with existing friends and to make many more new connections. You will be stunned by the remarkable different ways in which people are using their NLP learning and it will be a melting pot of learning and love.  Be sure to book early as not only does the event get booked up very quickly but so do the flights and the local accommodation. There are however several Airbnb venues where you might share with others attending the programme. When we held the last one in France every bed and breakfast in the area was overflowing with NLP learners!!! I am holding this one at the same venue as I used in 2023 – the beautiful La Meyfrenie. Join me in this wonderful rural part of South West France and be inspired! And there will be great food and music of course!!

Who will be there?

Graham Bower – Fitness is about being kind to yourself

You may have heard me talk before. I’ve spoken at Sue’s events about my experience with cancer, and how it inspired me to start running. That was fifteen years ago, and thanks to an amazing medical team and a lot of luck, I’m still here.

So much has changed since then, but one thing remained constant – my love of running. I still do it every day.

I believe that living a healthy life is not about punishing ourselves with short term fixes, like grueling workouts or grim diets. And it’s definitely not about trying to lose weight or look a certain way. It’s about taking care of ourselves, which means being kind to ourselves. The key is to find healthy habits that bring us long-term joy and balance.

How do we do that? I have some thoughts on what worked for me, and I’d love to hear about how you do it too.

Matt Parkin – and his ukulele

I’ve always played music. I never questioned it – it’s just always been there. But I don’t think I began to really understand its effect on me until I started teaching adults how to play the ukulele online and seeing its effect on them. Watching grownups engage actively with music, witnessing their musical journeys, I began to realise that learning an instrument is never just about music. Or the fun you can have. Although the fun is pretty cool!

When I started teaching ten years ago, I was obsessed with learning about the ‘stuff’ that I could ‘teach’ to ‘students’. Now I just want to get better at communicating my love of something that I’ve always taken for granted – music – and facilitating people having better lives through learning to play.

Although new to NLP (and Sue), I’m slowly bringing it into my teaching and my life. Music has always helped me to be present. Now that’s spreading to other areas.

Paweł Wójtowicz – Awareness through movement

In 2010 I started getting breathing problems and tension in my chest. I was, at that time, working as a financial consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers – an advisory firm. It was an intensively competitive environment and that was taking its toll on me. A friend of mine told me about a treatment that had helped her – this was the first time I had heard of Feldenkrais and I booked a session – that was the beginning of what was to be a remarkable journey. 3 months after that first session I left PWC, moved from Krakow where I was at that time back to my home town of Lublin. And I enrolled on a 4 year professional training programme in Feldenkrais (which was where I met Sue who was also a student on the same programme). I subsequently started to deliver sessions in the method in Poland (I was only the 10th qualified person in Poland at that time). The method was virtually unknown there. And so it began .. I started offering regular programmes around the country and I have now got an amazing following on FB and run many many programmes every year. One of the most special opportunities came with my work in Ukraine and Kazakhstan with children with special needs such as Cerebral Palsy. And I have now written a book ‘Notes from the floor’ currently only in Polish but I hope that will change in the near future. I will explore all of this with you and much more and give you the opportunity to experience my approach for yourself. (Additionally I will be there on the 25th when I can give one on one sessions – FI’s (Functional Integration). I think you might discover why this is so special for me and how I am dedicating my life to making a difference in this way. Join me .. maybe this will be the start of a new journey for you too.

Jean Jimmy – So now you are in France!

And you think you can speak French (or would like to get by!). Well as we know there is so much more than we learn at school! And there is always a local etiquette which it helps to know if you don’t want to be considered one of those ‘rude’ foreigners! Now is your chance to learn from someone whose style of teaching is special too …. You know me it is never just to do with the content! So grab your berets and your onions and join Jimmy Jean!! One of the best French teachers I Know.

An image of a Lukas Koeninger sitting holding a microphone.

Lukas Koeninger – The Traveling Piano Man

Hi, my name is Lukas Koeninger but most people know me by my stage name ‘The Traveling Piano Man!’. I’m a self taught Boogie-Woogie and Rock’n’Roll piano player and singer and have lived in the south of France for a few years now. I was brought up in Tyrol, Austria. I decided to move to France for two reasons, probably the only two reasons anyone should do such a thing – love and to pursue my dream.

Boogie for me means joy and laughter and dancing and expressing oneself whilst shaking around to the stomping rhythms of an old out-of-tune piano. That is all I ever wanted to do since I first heard this music when I was only 17. Since then this music has led me to many incredible places, introduced me to wonderful and inspiring people and will soon bring me to this great event of Sue Knight, who thought my story would be an interesting addition to her seminars.

Jo Cameron Browne – The way we sound tells the story of who we are

Jo has this remarkable ability  to speak with any accent and to coach others to do the same. At another level she can support you to use your own accent in a way that others can relate to and understand. As with all behaviour, every movement, every nuance communicates something. It is not so much about what we say but how we say it .. and Jo’s ability to spot the tiniest of details and the effect they have is what makes her work so very powerful. She is an actor and she has worked with many famous actors over the years. We know that you will enjoy and learn from her magic.

Jo is a widely experienced actor and qualified Voice & Dialect coach. Visit www.imdb.com/name/nm0131472/ — for some work details

Ashok Subramanian

There is a very good chance that Ashok Subramanian who was the person who pulled me to India in the first place, will join and tell his remarkable story…

Edwina De Tonary-Bence

Although 100% British l have only lived in England for less than 20 years and have now spent more than half my life in Verteillac and the immediate surrounding villages.  The story of my coming to settle in this part of the world having worked in Paris, London, Malta and Rome and having visited most of Europe, the USA, Mexico, West Africa, Turkey,  Thailand, Brunei and Canada, l will attempt to recount coherently relying on a memory that sometimes can’t recall what l had for breakfast.

Ramesh Prasad – Putting myself in others shoes

If there is one skill that has evaded me over all my time learning NLP it is this one. I have had some tough feedback, interestingly from European and American delegates about the effect I have had on them by saying what they experienced as hurtful things. It is interesting that I do not get this feedback in India where the teacher is respected as an authority and their words stand. The disadvantage of this is that we don’t always get to know the effect of what we do and what we say. Whereas in Europe and the Americas people are much more upfront with their feedback ..and I have been confronted with their reactions (sometimes tears) to my words. This has been shocking for me and I have apologised profusely where I have been made aware of what has happened. It highlights the differences in culture and the challenge when we are immersed in a different culture to the one we know and were born into. And I have explored how this keeps happening and how do I change the pattern .. well of course ‘modelling’ is the answer. I have chosen to study and learn from those for whom Second positioning ie putting themselves in others shoes as a way of informing their decision making provides the answers of how to do this. And even if you have covered this topic in your NLP trainings I guarantee you will learn something new as have i!!

Arslan Athar – Using music to fight military oppression

In my teenage years, when I first began composing music, it was a means for me to express my emotions and share my experiences with the world, mostly revolving around the themes of love, happiness, and the various ups and downs of life. This continued for exactly two decades until 2022 when the Pakistanis lost their freedom of speech to the military regime. Since then, I have been using my music to challenge their oppression, despite it being life-threatening. And I find it greatly satisfying to use my music as a tool for resistance.

Sue – A programme in Italy? OK – I’ll cycle there…

I don’t know where the idea came from at that moment but I do know I have been increasingly fascinated by those who tour around the world on their bikes. This wasn’t a tour around the world but it was a lone journey carrying all that I needed with me (though I did stay in hotels overnight). It is interesting the reactions that I got to me doing that – probably the most usual comment (from other women) was that it was ‘brave’. I never thought of it like that. There were times however when I was sat shivering sheltering from the rain and the wind when I wondered why I was doing this however! Going to the edge is where I learn. And as I look at the photos from this trip I know that there is another coming on and I have an idea how that might be even more challenging!! How about you? What is your edge and how are you approaching it?

Alumni Party

And if you like to boogie then our Alumni party on the first night will be the place to be!!

And watch this space for more details of what will be happening in the Alumni…

 

Venue: The Dordogne, France
Nearest airport Bergerac
Contactsue@sueknight.com

“The whole programme felt like a conversation between friends. Sue didn’t structure the learnings, but introduced them organically, led by the direction the group’s discussions naturally took. Which meant the whole thing felt very natural. It was a surprise just how much we’d covered by the end of it. ”

Clover Abbott, Innocent Drinks